I dont understand how people liked District 9. I went in the theater expecting to see some allegory of racial conflict or immigration. Instead I got some mindless action movie kind of thing with MASSIVE plot holes. What is there to like about something like that?
EDIT: I forgot to mention that during the first half of the movie I was in pain because of the way they were handling the camera.
I just saw this, having spent a few weeks dodging spoilers. It wasn't worth it. I don't watch alien movies just to receive thinly-veiled messages about the evils of racism. Setting it in SA? Making the main (racist) character an Afrikaaner? Putting the aliens in slum districts? How obvious can you get? This was barely a sci-fi movie imo, and pushing a message so thoroughly approved that I wonder if it even needs to be said again (and so clumsily). The only redeeming feature for me was my inexplicable amusement every time Wikus said "prawns".
I really don't see what all the fuss is about, and I'm a very soft judge when it comes to sci-fi movies. Honestly, I thought Independence Day was a better movie. Independence Day!!
Last edited by JivinJeffJones; 08-29-2009 at 07:04 AM.
The first half was phenomenal...it hinted at all kinds of very scary philosophical questions in a very clever way (political commentary on immigration and such was awesome.)
true but the second half was awesome in its own right! i'm kinda glad that the movie didnt spend too much time getting in depth on the politics and social issues cause OK I GET IT LETS SEE SOME MOTHERFUCKERS EXPLODE.
the second half delivers on that front.
Originally Posted by simulatedworld
I liked this rottentomates review:
"Once you've watched a doomed alien race become obsessed with cat food and Nigerian prostitutes, gunfights don't seem all that impressive anymore."
yeah its kind of ridiculous but the meat of the movie outweighs the many many holes and question marks. i went to the movies to be entertained. and i was.
Originally Posted by simulatedworld
Wikus - ISFP!!
Tanya - ISFJ
Evil Father In-Law - ENTJ
Christopher - INFJ
its only appropriate that the best character in the movie is INFJ
"All authority of any kind, especially in the field of thought and understanding, is destructive and evil. Leaders destroy the followers and the followers destroy the leaders. You have to be your own teacher and your own disciple. You have to question everything that man has accepted as valuable, as necessary."
ok, now I need to treat myself to a night out... it's been forever since I saw a movie... and most suck.
"Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"
“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft
I waited 6 hours for this Russian bootleg version with subtitles to finish downloading, and every minute of waiting I endured was completely and utterly worth it.
Honestly, going into District 9, I really didn't know what to expect. Other than the trailer and the viral marketing campaign, there wasn't much about the premise other than the fact that aliens landed over Johannesburg and they were being kept in the titular District 9. But, when I watched it I realized it wasn't at all what I had expected, but in fact, a whole lot better.
I love how the filmmakers purposely made Wickus resemble Hitler, although I think they should have somehow had him shave his moustache off after his "transformation" to sort of symbolize his transition from a discriminatory and prejudice character to a man who sympathizes with the Prawns. I also liked the very subtle foreshadowing that was used (e.g.: when the Nigerian druglord is talking to Wickus, he is smoking a cigarette. You see smoke billowing out of the butte and out towards the side of his head, foreshadowing his death by point blank shot to the forehead).
All in all, I loved the movie and it was actually kind of sad, but at the same time extremely intense. Definitely one of the best of 2009, and I'd watch it again in a heartbeat.